Swallows and Amazons – first pic and release date

The new film adaptation of Swallows and Amazons will arrive in UK cinemas on August 19.

It stars Rafe Spall, Kelly Macdonald, Gwendoline Christie, Jessica Hynes, Harry Enfield and Andrew Scott.

The film, based on the book by Arthur Ransome, is directed by acclaimed TV directed Philippa Lowthorpe who is making her film debut on the project.

Swallows and Amazons follows four children dreaming of an escape from the tedium of a summer holiday with their mother. When finally given permission to camp on their own on a remote island in the middle of a vast lake, they are overjoyed. But when they get there they discover they may not be aloneā€¦

As they battle for ownership of the island, they learn the skills of survival and the value of friendship, which helps prepare them for the real danger they must face from the adult world.

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